Editor's blog

Too much fluoride? Government lowers levels

ATLANTA (AP)--Fluoride in drinking water has been credited with reducing cavities and tooth decay. But officials conclude it may now be too much of a good thing.

Unique mask cuts toxic nitrous exposure

Long considered a necessary workplace hazard in dental facilities, nitrous gases have come under greater scrutiny by health officials around the world.

B2D’s Hall evokes Olympian spirit

Ten-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr. is a familiar sight in the halls of B2DMarketing, where he directs company business initiatives in the People’s Republic of China.

Dentist part of team in the war against sleep apnea

Big snorts, guttural grunts and sounds so loud they seem to rattle the windows. The noises stop for a time and then suddenly begin again.

State of the heart: Beat the odds, save a life with AED

While advancements occur with breakneck speed, medical progress can be illusory. Take sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 365,000 Americans annually.

Shoo, flu: Take aim, stay safe

We can’t be 100 percent ready for every event. We can, however, try our best to prepare for anticipated disasters and outbreaks.

Lean times spark fat fines from licensing boards

They’re contentious topics touching dentists everywhere: amalgams, teeth whitening, hygienist autonomy.

Webinar developed after Canada triazolam shortage

Canadian sedation dentists received unwelcome news in December when manufacturers announced a backlog in orders for triazolam, a mainstay for those using DOCS Education advanced protocols.

Sedation boosts both efficiency and quality care

Imagine safely delivering more dental care in a fewer number of appointments, minus the usual interruptions.

Lessons from the field: A forum just for you

DOCS Education faculty don’t just help you in the classroom. Clinical advice, unique patients, drug concerns—Drs. Leslie Fang, Anthony Feck, and Michael Silverman welcome your questions.

The second largest health insurer in America, WellPoint Insurance, has agreed to pay a fine of $1.7 million to settle potential violations of healthcare privacy laws. Between October 2009 and March 2010, WellPoint breached the health and personal information protection of 612,402 individuals. The breach was due to a security flaw in an online application database.
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A member of DOCS Education writes: I have a 55 year old female being treated for central adrenal insufficiency, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, ADD, hypothyroidism and hormone replacement therapy. All are well controlled at this time. Her physician has recommended tripling her dose of Cortef® the day of surgery. She has been a patient for years and is very relaxed in the chair, even for long appointments.
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The internet is a weird, malleable thing, isn’t it? It’s the double-edged blade of communication. The efficiency machine that eats up our days. The internet is filled with everything from the thickest gibberish imaginable to the most exquisite observations obtainable.
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Losing a tooth: it’s jarring, painful and inconvenient. However, a recent study suggests there may be even more serious repercussions to lost teeth than slightly diminished chomping abilities.
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A Member of DOCS Education asks: I have a 61 year old, 175 lbs female patient requiring a long sedation appointment. She is currently taking Advair®, Cartia XT®, losartan HCT and fenofibrate. Due to the medication interactions we cannot use diazepam or triazolam. Would it be possible for me to use lorazepam the night before, and if so, at what dosage should it be administered? Then at what incremental and loading dose should the lorazepam be given an hour prior to the appointment? After assessing the patient on arrival, what dose of hydroxyzine should be given? Finally, what incremental doses of lorazepam should be given at what intervals?
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Plus 3 Common Mistakes Whether you're an experienced sedation dentist, or just becoming interested in the field, everyone wants to know what NOT to do. Read on to find out the 5 most terrible, horrible, atrocious mistakes a sedation dentist could ever make.
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